This cartoonist who used the pen name “Rostap” was born 1866 in Somerset England, but moved as a child with his family to Hamilton Ontario.
He studied art in Toronto and Philadelphia under Thomas Eskins, then worked for the Evening Telegram [Toronto] from 1885 to 1947. He was principally a landscape painter but drew editorial cartoons circa 1885 to 1908. His cartoons were known for their ferocious attacks on Laurier and on the railway scandals of the day.
He died in 1949.
BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC:
A Picture History of Canada. Writ., Jessie McEwen & Kathleen Moore. Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. No date: 64: “Burlington Races”.
The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed., Peter Desbarates & Terry Mosher. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1979: 80, 249.